A Commentary on Book 4 of Valerius Flaccus’ Argonautica by Paul Murgatroyd PDF
By Paul Murgatroyd
This quantity comprises an advent, the textual content of e-book four of Valerius Flaccus' Argonautica, statement, bibliography and index. even if, it isn't a customary philological remark. even though it comprises textual feedback (but purely the place that means and appreciation are considerably affected) and rationalization of feel and references (a important foundation for serious analysis), specially there's literary appreciation of Valerius' fourth ebook, which can help you to result in a revaluation of this mostly overlooked and unfortunately underestimated writer. The booklet signals readers to special features of Valerius' hugely highbrow poetry, akin to wit, humor, beauty, aspect, subtlety, narrative ability, and artistic engagement with forerunners, particularly Apollonius of Rhodes and Virgil.
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Ff. pios miseratus amores: Hercules is dutiful to Hylas as his companion and as someone who is like a son to him (cf. ). In this poem their relationship is not sexual (cf. ), but there may well be a knowing nod here to the tradition (in Theoc. Id. (uro is often used of the effect of passion) and in view of the echo here of Virg. Aen. (magnum reginae sed enim miseratus amorem), referring to Ariadne’s (equally doomed) love for Theseus. On Hercules in VF (esp. in connection with Hylas) see Hershkowitz ff.
In addition, divine intervention bulks large at –, and will also be a factor in all four of those major sections later in this book. –), such as dropping Polyphemus, introducing the stag for Hylas to chase and making Juno the one behind the abduction of the boy (see esp. ). That process is in evidence here too. ff. AR ends the Hylas narrative with an enraged Hercules rushing around futilely in the area where Hylas vanished and occasionally pausing to shout his name, like a bull stung by a gadfly.
That process is in evidence here too. ff. AR ends the Hylas narrative with an enraged Hercules rushing around futilely in the area where Hylas vanished and occasionally pausing to shout his name, like a bull stung by a gadfly. ff. VF depicts a helpless Hercules refusing to leave the place of the boy’s disappearance and likens the hero to a grieving lioness that has lost her cub. Because there are clear similarities between these two passages, and VF has reached the end of book there, and no other author takes the story of Hylas beyond that point, most readers will assume that the incident is over as book concludes, and that the final twist lies in the more pointed choice of the lioness for the simile (and the contaminatio, if that animal was suggested by Theoc.
A Commentary on Book 4 of Valerius Flaccus’ Argonautica by Paul Murgatroyd